HOW TO MAKE… BIKE ACCESSORIES
QQQQQQQQQQQFred Aldous brown leather fireproof cloth, 50cm (19 ") Laura Ashley Ava duck egg floral cotton curtain fabric, 50cm (19 ") White thread Sewing machine
sewing machine foot Hot glue gun Dressmaking pins White parchment paper Fabric scissors Ruler
tape Paper clips Clear tape Velcro, 2.5cm (1") wide Once you’ve found the restored vintage bike of your dreams, you’re going to need a few accessories to prepare it for all those roadtrips and adventures. Pack up a picnic in!the leather-lined pannier – it’ll protect everything from that British weather we know and love – or just pop a few smaller essentials in the handlebar purse. We can't wait to recreate those dreamy summer days from when we were kids, cycling through the park and stopping for ice cream (chocolate, if you're offering).
Make a pannier
On a piece of kitchen parchment paper or gridded pattern paper measure out your pattern pieces. You need one 30 x 30cm (117/ x 117/ shape for the main panel, one 30 x 7.3cm (117/ x 3") shape for the small front panel and one 6.5 x 59.5cm (25/ x 233/ shape for the base panel. Round the two bottom corners of the large and small panel by drawing around a saucer or cup. For the straps, cut a!2.5 x 30cm (1 x 117/ ") shape with a point at one end, a 2.5 x 12cm (1 x 4¾") shape and a 2.5 x 26.5cm (1 x 10½") shape for connecting to the bike. Cut out each and label, as it can be easy to get mixed up.
Cut one of each panel and two of each strap from the leather cloth. Position your three panels on the tulip fabric and draw around it lightly with a pencil, then mark out an 0.5cm (¼") border around it. Cut out on the border.
Iron the floral fabric edges over to neatly reach the inside outline of each panel. Make small snips at each corner – just to the pencil line and no more – to help with folding and reduce bulk.
Hem each of the three fabrics using an overlock stitch to secure.
Next, sew together the various panels and their leather partners using a simple running stitch. Try to keep your stitches as straight as possible. Using paper clips instead of pins can help hold the two fabrics together without making holes in the leather.
Lay out all your panels on a table and position your straps in place. Your larger straps should come up and over your largest panel. The smallest straps are coming up from!the bottom edge of the small panel. Cut two 1.5 x 5cm ( x 2") strips from the faux leather – these will create loops to secure the top"straps. Consider where the!straps will fall when the bag is closed and full, then lightly mark where the loops should go to provide the best support.